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    The UK Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky’s only NCI-designated cancer center, is proud to be on the leading edge of cancer research and treatment. Our Molecular Tumor Board, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, uses precision medicine to analyze the genetic makeup of a patient’s cancer and then enlists a team of experts to determine the best treatment for that unique cancer – and that patient. It’s just one way we’re harnessing the power of advanced medicine to tackle the very real challenges cancer poses for our patients and our state.

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  • Mining a cure for cancer

    Microbes deep in the earth may hold the key to new treatments

    If you ask Jon Thorson, the best weapon against cancer might be found in a coal mine.

    Thorson is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky and heads the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation. He leads a team of researchers scouring subterranean areas of Eastern Kentucky, including abandoned coal mines, in hopes of finding particularly resilient microbes.

    These exotic microorganisms – ones that survive in the harsh conditions below earth’s surface – produce natural chemical “superpowers” that allow them to thrive in areas otherwise inhospitable for life. It’s these superpowers that Thorson says could hold the key to developing new and effective treatments for diseases like cancer.
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    Regenerating heart muscle


    Using a patient’s own bone marrow cells, we can now regenerate healthy heart muscle after a heart attack. It’s as complicated as it sounds, and it’s equally profound in the realm of regenerative medicine.

    Explore how UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute is at the forefront of regenerative medicine, putting us on the verge of a potentially world-changing breakthrough that doesn’t just treat damage, but actually heals the heart itself.

    The genesis of this project was nothing short of fortuitous. Because UK HealthCare is one of the few institutions where clinical, research, and other expertise are housed under the same roof, a chance encounter becomes more likely.
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  • Making a better future for today’s children before they get there

    Researchers at UK strive to make Alzheimer’s disease a thing of the past

    What is a person if not their thoughts and memories, if not their mind? But Alzheimer’s disease slowly steals a person’s thoughts and memories, taking their life while they’re still living.

    Studies show a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is more terrifying to most Americans than a diagnosis of stroke or cancer. Yet the diagnosis is all too common. Worldwide, more than 46 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is expected to grow to 131.5 million by 2050.

    The toll of this illness is even more devastating when you count the friends and family members who must watch their loved ones slowly fade away.
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    The power of rebuilding a shattered knee and a shattered dream

    Through world-class treatment and prevention, sports medicine specialists work to get athletes back in the game.

    When an athlete suffers an injury, it affects more than just their body.

    The world-renowned specialists at UK Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine understand what it takes to rebuild broken bodies and broken dreams.

    From treatment plans tailored to each person’s sport and fitness level to rehab led by the same experts who treat UK’s athletes, the sports medicine team works tirelessly to get patients back to the activities they love.

    At their first visit to the clinic, patients sit down with the team of sports medicine specialists to create an individualized plan of treatment. That plan can include surgery or rehabilitation options for less serious injuries.
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